Dave Ferguson and his brother, Jon, along with three friends from college, launched Community Christian Church (www.communitychristian.org) in Chicago in 1989. The church is passionate about “helping people find their way back to God” and has grown to encompass more than 500 leaders with more than 4,800 in attendance at eight sites every weekend and more than 400 small groups meeting in Chicagoland.
Dave serves as a resource for other churches and leaders seeking to expand through multiple church sites; he also provides visionary leadership for the NewThing Network (www.newthing.org), a catalyst for a movement of reproducing churches.
After earning an M.A. from Wheaton Graduate School, Dave was the recipient of the Donald McGavran Award at the North American Christian Convention as the outstanding church planter in North America. Dave lives in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife, Sue, and their three children, Amy, Joshua, and Caleb.
Jon Ferguson is the cofounder of Community Christian Church. He plays a key role in identifying and developing small group leaders, coaches, and staff personnel. He serves as teaching pastor and leads and directs all Community ministries (small groups for children through adults).
Jon is the cofounder and executive director of NewThing Network and serves on the boards of the Church Planting Network, the Institute for Community, and Stadia East. He resides in Naperville with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Graham and Chloe.
Eric Bramlett has been the creative arts director for Community Christian Church since 1996. Eric’s background is in professional theater, and he holds degrees in acting and directing. He is responsible for overseeing all large-group experiences from intensive artistic vision through production.
Eric continues to be involved in the Chicago theater scene, most notably as an Artistic Associate for Porchlight Music Theatre Chicago, a theater company he has been associated with since its inception in 1995. Eric lives in Naperville, Illinois, with his wife, Kristi, and their three children, Sadie, Dillon, and Anna.